A+U 548: BIG + SMALL

June 2016 issue of a+u is dedicated to the works by Spanish architect, RCR Arquitectes.

In our November 2015 issue "RCR Arquitectes · Journey", we explored their attitudes toward architecture, human, the universe, and everything around their creative process. This new issue features 15 of their more recent works. The opening essay by architecture historian and critic William J. R. Curtis. Photographs by Spain-based architectural photographer Hisao Suzuki.

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JA101 SPRING 2016: Architecture – Era – Discourse, JA 60th Anniversary

JA 101 is the second of the anniversary issues celebrating the 60th year of JA (Japan Architect) magazine.

This issue features important texts on Architecture in Japan, published in JA since 1950’s, by Kazuo Shinohara, Seiichi Shirai, Kiyoshi Seike, Toyo Ito, Kenzo Tange, Kiyonori Kikutake, Rafael Viñoly, Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima, Arata Isozaki, Hisao Kohyama, and Ken Tadashi Oshima.

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Video: Teiga da vaut

by Gion A. Caminada

October 2015 issue of a+u is dedicated to works by the Swiss architect Gion A. Caminada whose work has been mostly in Vrin, the Alpine village where he was born and raised. With newly taken photographs, the edition introduces 26 of his works ranging from early works in Vrin to current on-going projects.

Teiga da vaut is a forest hut located in Domat / Ems, Switzerland. The intention of the project was to use as much of the tree as possible. Caminada’s work is deeply engaged with the local timber construction techniques.

Watch the video after the break to find out more on Teiga da vaut.

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Video: Gasthaus am Brunnen

by Gion A. Caminada

October 2015 issue of a+u is dedicated to works by the Swiss architect Gion A. Caminada whose work has been mostly in Vrin, the Alpine village where he was born and raised.

Our team visited Caminada in Vrin to interview him and visit his works. We also photographed most of the works for this issue. Gasthaus am Brunnen in Valendas – a small village near Vrin – is a guesthouse containing a conference hall, restaurant, and guest rooms. It is a reconstruction of an old derelict barn, situated in the center of the village.

Watch the video after the break to find out more on Gasthaus am Brunnen.

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A City Symbol Loved by Residents

by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2014

In October 2014, the Final Screening for the 49th Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition was held in Tokyo. This year’s theme was “A City Symbol Loved by Residents” which sought ideas for an urban symbol that not only has functionality and rationality but is fostered by the city’s people. Seven selected teams gave a presentation in front of the jury. “RE-SYMBOL” by Li Siqi (China) and Chen Xiaoting (The Netherlands) was selected as the winning proposal. The competition for 2015 is now open for entries until August 3, 2015.

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Flux: Encoding the Logic of Design

Interview with Nicholas Chim and Michelle Kaufman (Co-founders of Flux)

A digital version of the November edition of a+u, Data-Driven Cities, is now available via our online store. It includes numerous essays and interviews with leading innovators in the field of technology and urban design, including new writing by Carlo Ratti (MIT), Dan Hill (City of Sound), and Alastair Parvin (Wikihouse). We were granted an exclusive interview with the co-founders of Flux, a San Francisco startup born out of  Google[x], the semi-secret facility run by Google dedicated to making major technological advancements.

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Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture

by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2013

In October 2013, the Final Screening for the 48th Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition was held in Tokyo. The theme for this year’s competition was “Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture”, focusing on how architecture can contribute to the urban surroundings. Seven selected teams gave a presentation in front of the jury. As a result, URBAN RADIO CARAVAN by Ken Akatsuka and Gaku Inoue (Japan) was chosen as the winning entry.

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